The last Perry baseball game of the 2018 season saw a lot of action and excitement as the Bluejays took on Winterset in a close battle of equal talent. On Wednesday, July 11 Perry added one more victory to their record after defeating the Huskies 17-11.
The excitement started in the first inning with Perry responding to one Winterset run with three of their own.
Kaleb Olejniczak started out the first Bluejay inning with a walk to first followed by a hit by pitch that put Austin Carpenter on first. Justin Stammer hit a double that brought both of his teammates in for a run before scoring one run himself.
Olejniczak says he took into account how many hits each team was getting right away.
“Since I lead off my main focus for my at-bats was to just get on base,” Olejniczak said.
In the second inning Aaron Lockwood pitched no earned runs and Winterset stayed off the scoreboard while the Bluejays saw two more runs from Lockwood and Kaden Boyer.
The Huskies soon found momentum and scored nine runs within the next three innings, but Perry did not give up. The Bluejays were able to score eight runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth to secure the victory.
Keghan West was the one to kick start the influx of runs when he was walked to first with the bases loaded and sent Austin Carpenter in for a run. Kato Dougan and Stammer each scored a run on a single to the outfield by Avery Meister, followed by a run from West thanks to Olejniczak's single.
Olejniczak and Meister scored one run each on a Lockwood single before Lockwood scored one run himself.
Kyle Lockwood contributed to the scoreboard before the game was over with a run scored on a Olejniczak single before Boyer, Olejniczak and Boyer got the last three runs to finish the game.
Head Coach Mike Long says his team played very hard in this game.
“We have played better tonight than we have in the past couple games,” Coach Long said. “I have had to challenge them a couple times because I didn't think they were being very tough, mentally, but I think they played tough tonight.”